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Meaning of rabbet

rab•bet

Pronunciation: (rab'it), [key]
— n., v., -bet•ed, -bet•ing.
—n.
  1. a deep notch formed in or near one edge of a board, framing timber, etc., so that something else can be fitted into it or so that a door or the like can be closed against it.
  2. a broad groove let into the surface of a board or the like; dado.
—v.t.
  1. to cut a rabbet in (a board or the like).
  2. to join (boards or the like) by means of a rabbet or rabbets.
—v.i.
  1. to join by a rabbet (usually fol. by on or over).
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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